Beyond the World of Sense Perception: Manifesting the Life Force of Materials Through Principles That Guide Actions
The central enquiry of this thesis is to examine the role that 'principles that guide actions' could play in manifesting life force of materials. This object-based installation project works principally with harakeke (NZ flax), stone and water, exploring the concept of a life force of materials, with specific reference to 'Spiritual Materialism', a term coined by Klaus Ottman. A process-based practice such as this, places primacy on materials, actions and events through establishing durational processes that drive the making. A diffractive methodological approach frames the project, discussing agential realism theories in relation to a Māori view of mauri (life principle) in order to explore the life of materials beyond the world of sense perception, thus recasting the viewer's relationship to the material world.